The following East Valley events will help commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.
Eighth annual Celebration of Unity Luncheon, noon Friday, Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort and Conference Center, 1 San Marcos Place, $35. Reservations required. Poet, Arizona State University regents professor and Chandler resident Alberto Rios will share his insights on the role diversity plays in today’s society. (480) 782-2214.
MLK celebration dinner, 2 p.m. Saturday, American Legion Post 91, 922 N. Alma School Road, $8.50. Speakers and a dinner of fried chicken, greens, macaroni and cheese, potato salad and corn bread. (480) 855-3268.
Twelfth annual Multicultural Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Chandler Public Library courtyard, 22 S. Delaware St., free. The festival will highlight the city’s cultural diversity through dance, art, storytelling and children’s activities. (480) 782-2665.
Twelfth annual MLK Civil Rights Breakfast and Awards Ceremony, 7-9:30 a.m. Friday, Gilbert Boys and Girls Club, 44 N. Oak St., $5. There will be a dance ensemble, guest speakers, poetry reading and singing. Mayor Steve Berman will present the Rosa Parks Award. (480) 503-6871.
Candlelight service, 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Living Word Bible Church, 3520 E. Brown Road, free. (480) 964-4463. Non-denominational worship.
Night of Tribute, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Mesa Community College’s Outback Theatre, 1833 W. Southern Ave., free. Student winners of MLK creative writing, oratorical and creative arts contests will be recognized.
MLK Breakfast, 8-10 a.m. Monday, Phoenix Marriott Mesa, 200 N. Centennial Way, $35. Joyce Tucker, vice president of Global Diversity for the Boeing Company, will be the guest speaker. (602) 721-1664.
MLK Unity Parade, 11 a.m. to noon Monday, downtown Mesa, starts at First Ave. and Center St., travels north on Center St. and ends at 3rd Place. 55 entries including several Mesa schools, scout groups, churches, organizations and horseback riders.
MLK Festival, noon to 3 p.m. Monday, Mesa Amphitheater, 201 N. Center St., free. Family fun, poetry, music, entertainment, face painting, food for purchase. www.mesamlk.org.
MLK Basketball Classic, 1:45-9:30 p.m. Monday, ASU’s Wells Fargo Arena, 600 E. Veterans Way, $7 and $10. Five games featuring 10 high schools, including Mesa’s Mountain View High and Red Mountain High. (480) 472-0250.
Poster-essay contest entries from schoolchildren around the state will be on display Monday to Jan. 31 at ASU’s Memorial Union in Tempe, the Student Union at ASU Polytechnic in Mesa, and at www.asu.edu/ia/photogallery.
“Honoring Great Civil Rights Leaders” open-mic event at ASU’s Memorial Union Art Café, 7–9 p.m. Monday.